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Afternoon Brief, February 18

What's in a Name? AVA Overload: In a market jammed with producers desperate to stay (or become) relevant, winemakers are turning to the government in a desperate bid for desirability. Winemakers in the US and elsewhere are lining up to get the region in which they grow their grapes officially recognized...

Afternoon Brief, December 14

The Great Haut-Brion Price Hack: It's no surprise that the most expensive wine traded on the Liv-Ex fine wine exchange in 2018 was one that dragged the superlatives from the critics. Such wines are obviously rare and expensive, especially when they come from Bordeaux, but we've found a little hack that could see you getting similar quality for a much-reduced price...

Van Duzer Corridor Is Approved by the TTB

The Van Duzer corridor is an anomaly in the Coast Range that allows mild and oceanic influence to enter into the Willamette Valley, Oregon. This creates the ideal paradigm of warm days and cold nights allowing the production of world class wines in the Willamette Valley and specifically within the 35.9 square mile triangle that constitutes the new AVA.

Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing Contributions of American Viticultural Areas

Builds upon global industry efforts to promote awareness of and appreciation for protecting all wine region names worldwide WASHINGTON – The Wine Origins Alliance (WOA)...

“Dahlonega Plateau” Named an Official Viticultural Area

The AVA designation is the first with sole Georgia boundaries Dahlonega, Ga. (July 25, 2018) – Long regarded as "The Heart of Georgia Wine Country,”...

A Gap on the Label – Building an AVA Reputation

Establishing an American Viticultural Area, or AVA, is a slog. The effort it takes to gain recognition for a bit of the earth that allows grapes to grow with a distinction that should warrant a “stamp” that screams quality, uniqueness and, yes, a higher price tag takes time, money, paperwork and then more time.

Afternoon Brief, December 16

Premier Crude – Blackmail, Sex and Fraud: Here's a judicial irony. John Fox, 66, who pled guilty in August to defrauding his wine customers at Berkeley's bankrupt Premier Cru of $45 million, got a shorter prison sentence because he paid for sex...

Afternoon Brief, December 2

Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013 Named Wine Spectator’s #1 Wine of the Year: Wine Spectator, the world's leading authority on wine, today announced Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013 as the 2016 Wine of the Year...

Afternoon Brief, November 1

Winery Association Leaders Converge in Washington, D.C. for Inaugural Conference: "You can't find a successful wine region that doesn't have a strong winery association tied to it." So proclaims George Christie, President of the Wine Industry Network and primary organizer of the Wine Association Leadership Conference that's taking place in conjunction with USBevX 2017, this coming February 22-24 in Washington, DC...

Afternoon Brief, October 28

Bordeaux Court Deliberates on Fraud Case Involving More Than 1 Million Bottles of Wine: A Bordeaux judicial tribunal is weighing the fates of eight men accused of trying to pass off more than 1 million bottles of cheap plonk as more expensive Bordeaux from top appellations...

Afternoon Brief, October 27

Kansas Authorities Arrest Man for Fraud After Thousands of Dollars Worth of Napa Wine Disappears: Three Napa wineries may finally get some of their gold-medal winning wine worth tens of thousands of dollars back after James Allen Hall was arrested Friday in Wichita, Kansas...

Afternoon Brief, October 7

Jackson Family Wines Partners with Breakthru Beverage Canada: Jackson Family Wines is establishing a new sales partnership with Breakthru Beverage Canada, transitioning part of its sales operation to the company...

Afternoon Brief, September 30

Majority of US Senators Support Federal Excise Tax Reform Alcohol Industry Celebrates Collaboration at Reception: Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Barbara Boxer became the 51st and 52nd US Senators to officially co-sponsor the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act...

Afternoon Brief, August 15

Clayton Fire in Lake County Destroys Lower Lake Winery: Though the Clayton fire has destroyed one winery, Lake County vintners reported Monday their $61 million industry remained largely unscathed to date...

Afternoon Brief, July 10

United States set to overtake Australia for NZ wine exports: Winemaker Alex Giesen is tipping the United states to become our biggest export market in one to two years, but it may happen even faster